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  1. September 12, 2014

    The Diary: Alan Johnson

    One of my predecessors as a member of parliament for Hull was the poet Andrew Marvell, who wrote “To His Coy Mistress” “by...

  2. July 20, 2014

    Unite leader urges return of Labour’s ‘big beasts’

    Len McCluskey, head of Britain’s biggest union Unite, has urged Ed Miliband to bring more “big beasts” back into the Labour...

  1. May 28, 2013

    Intellectual protection gets global overhaul

    The world of patents has had a momentous year. The 40-year dream of a unified European patent is coming to fruition and the...

  2. October 16, 2012

    May in diplomatic rift with US on extradition

    Theresa May was at the centre of a diplomatic rift with the US on Tuesday night after Washington voiced irritation over...

  3. Westminster Blog

    August 27, 2012

    Are Ed and Ed destined to become Tony and Gordon?

    Would Ed Balls as chancellor have a more functional relationship with prime minister Ed Miliband than Gordon Brown, his...

  4. June 4, 2012

    Two Eds grow together as Balls’ star rises

    When Ed Miliband became the Labour party leader almost two years ago, he was determined to block one man from becoming...

  5. April 19, 2012

    May under growing pressure over Qatada

    Theresa May is under growing pressure over her attempts to deport the terror suspect Abu Qatada after it emerged that the...

  6. April 16, 2012

    Leading Labour donor backs funding reform

    A leading Labour donor behind a controversial visit to Hull in March by Ed Miliband, the party leader, has backed funding...

  7. March 12, 2012

    Johnson ‘no appetite’ for probing hacking investigation

    Former home secretary Alan Johnson had “no appetite” for a probe into allegations that the first phone hacking investigation...

  8. January 6, 2012

    Why banning white coats didn’t finish off hospital germs

    There was a time when everyone knew how medical staff dressed. Surgeons wore suits; GPs wore tweed jackets; nurses wore...

  9. December 11, 2011

    Slowdown in bank cash deposits by UK companies

    The rate at which UK companies are building their cash deposits at banks has slowed significantly since the start of this...

  10. November 9, 2011

    May resists attacks over Clark resignation

    Theresa May stood firm on Wednesday amid a storm of attacks from opposition benches over the loosening of security checks at...

  11. October 14, 2011

    Survival of the fattest

    Run, run; the fatness is upon us. According to a Tory peer and former surgeon, the rise in obesity is “the worst epidemic to...

  12. September 27, 2011

    BAE job cuts will ‘devastate’ local economies

    The brunt of BAE Systems’ near 3,000 job cuts will fall on Lancashire and Yorkshire in a move that politicians and unions...

  13. Westminster Blog

    September 14, 2011

    Miliband seeks to appoint Charlie Falconer to shadow cabinet

    Over at the Daily Mail’s new political blog Kirsty Walker speculated this evening about who may be bumped out of the shadow...

  14. August 17, 2011

    Panel advises closing Chase Farm A&E

    A government advisory panel has recommended Chase Farm hospital in Enfield close its accident and emergency department, in a...

  15. Westminster Blog

    June 9, 2011

    More importantly - how are Ed Balls and Ed Miliband getting on now?

    Tonight’s Telegraph splash is in one aspect sensational: how on earth did they get hold of Ed Balls’ private correspondence?...

  16. April 28, 2011

    We clearly need a good state system

    From Mr Michael Taylor. Sir, Perhaps we should be concerned that social mobility is now harder, as you quote Alan Johnson as...

  17. Westminster Blog

    April 12, 2011

    On Gus O'Donnell's advice to Brown against hacking judicial review

    The Guardian yesterday ran a fascinating story on their front page about how Sir Gus O’Donnell, head of the civil service,...

  18. March 30, 2011

    Balls owns up over Labour structural deficit

    Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, has admitted that the last Labour government ran a structural deficit – having previously...

  19. Westminster Blog

    March 11, 2011

    Alan Johnson says union opposition to AV is "depressing"

    I revealed in yesterday’s FT that five unions* have lined up against AV with only one union figure – Billy Hayes of the CWU...

  20. March 10, 2011

    High-wire act fails to balance public and private

    Lord Hutton walked a wildly swinging, and deeply political, tightrope to deliver his final report on how public service...

  21. February 17, 2011

    Remember voters’ aspirations, warns Balls

    Tony Blair recently wrote that Ed Balls suffered from a deficiency common to all leftwing intellectuals: “These guys never...

  22. February 16, 2011

    Shadow cabinet told to clear spending pledges

    Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have laid down ground rules to their Labour shadow cabinet colleagues on how they intend to exert...

  23. January 21, 2011

    Man in the News: Ed Balls

    Ed Balls is back and the debate about Britain’s economy is about to get a whole lot rougher. “He never gives up,” says one...

  24. Westminster Blog

    January 21, 2011

    Balls-Miliband seek to avoid a repeat of Brown-Blair

    When Ed Miliband and Ed Balls met late on Wednesday evening at the former’s offices over cups of coffee they sought to...

  25. January 21, 2011

    Blair’s rematch with the Iraq inquiry

    Less than 24 hours before Tony Blair began giving evidence to the Iraq inquiry on Friday, Alan Johnson resigned from...

  26. Westminster Blog

    January 21, 2011

    The resignation statement of Andy Coulson

    The Prime Minister said today: “I am very sorry that Andy Coulson has decided to resign as my Director of Communications,...

  27. FT Alphaville

    January 21, 2011

    Balls appointed shadow chancellor

    Ed Miliband, head of the UK Labour party, has been forced to share control over Labour economic policy with his leadership...

  28. January 21, 2011

    Johnson ‘too normal’ for place at the top

    Out of the shadow: Alan Johnson’s departure will badly deplete the pool of experience on the backbenches Soon after Alan...

  29. January 20, 2011

    The two Eds must avoid replaying history

    Ed Miliband suffered the most turbulent day of his leadership so far on Thursday. Yet the surprise resignation of Alan...

  30. January 20, 2011

    Balls appointed shadow chancellor

    Ed Miliband, left, Labour leader, applauds Ed Balls, his new shadow chancellor, during the party conference in Manchester...

  31. January 20, 2011

    Balls bounces on to centre stage

    Alan Johnson’s unexpected resignation from the position of shadow chancellor, and his replacement by Ed Balls, means a...

  32. January 20, 2011

    Miliband takes a political gamble

    By handing the post of shadow chancellor to Ed Balls, Ed Miliband has taken a gamble over whether he can maintain control...

  33. Westminster Blog

    January 20, 2011

    The Labour explanation for Alan Johnson's departure

    Sorry for the delay – I’ve been writing for tonight’s newspaper. Here is a distillation of the reasons given by Labour’s...

  34. January 20, 2011

    Balls has firepower to make Tories squirm

    When Ed Balls secured the job of shadowing Theresa May as home secretary, the groans from her advisers were audible. Ms May...

  35. January 20, 2011

    Johnson resigns as shadow chancellor

    Alan Johnson is to step down as Labour shadow chancellor and be replaced by Ed Balls, the former education secretary, little...

  36. Westminster Blog

    January 20, 2011

    Alan Johnson set to resign at 5pm

    We asked in December whether Alan Johnson would stay long in the shadow chancellor role. The answer is not long: he’s...

  37. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2011

    Miliband plans to issue a deficit mea culpa - up to a point

    Patrick Wintour at the Guardian reveals this morning that there has been a slight shift in the Miliband stance on the...

  38. January 11, 2011

    Two tribes indulge in dialogue of the deaf

    George Osborne has reeled off 10 measures intended to curb City excess and a five-point ultimatum to the banks but one stark...

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